Free Machine Knitting Pattern – Cotton Baby Pants on a Bulky Machine

I’ve been in lockdown for a few days now because of the COVID-19 outbreak and I also lost my teaching job as well. 🙁  So, what to do with all that spare time?  Well, I finally got a chance to dig out my knitting machines.  I set up my Empisal Knitmaster 150 bulky/chunky gauge knitting machine.  I have a ribber too, but the cast-on-combs are in storage somewhere else so I had to make do with the main bed.

I have had a Knit Radar K-7 attachment for this machine for years but have never used it, so I put my big girl pants on and set it up.  I had to watch a couple of videos on Youtube to get my head around it because the booklet that comes with it is not great.  I chose some Peaches ‘n Creme cotton yarn on a cone that I’ve had for years and knitted a test swatch.

My swatch came out to 17 sts across and 25 rows down.

So I cast on using the e-wrap method and followed the paper pattern in the knit radar, increasing and decreasing as required.  I also wrote down the pattern, reversing the instructions for the opposite leg.  I have been looking for baby pants patterns for AGES, using a bulky knitter.  I found one here but they turned out really thin – more like leggings.

The ones I knitted do have a narrow hem at the ankle but in the pattern I have put variation instructions for knitting straight, removing the last 5 decreases to get a wider leg.

I’m going to knit a sample in bulky wool so you can see how they turn out – stay tuned!

Anyway, here are the final pants:

The waist isn’t sewn up in this picture but you can see the increasing around the hips/buttocks to accommodate a nappy/diaper.

Here’s a picture with the waist sewn up:

I just folded it over and sewed it with my regular sewing machine.  I left a gap to insert elastic.

If you have a knitting machine with a ribber, you could cast on a nice,  deep ribbed waist, but it won’t be as secure as an elasticated waist, but then again, won’t be as bulky either.

If you’re a crocheter, you could crochet around the bottom of the legs to finish it off more neatly.

The final dimensions are:

58 cms from top of back to ankle

60 cm circumference of the waist (stretched – before elastic inserted)

25cm from front of waist to crotch

I think the pants would fit from 18 months to two years – at a guess.

Anyway, I hope you like the pattern.

Click on the link below to download a Word Document.

Chunky Cotton Baby Pants – Machine Knit

Store Display Project – Giggles Baby Blanket

I finally finished the Giggles Baby Blanket that I did on my bulky knitting machine!

I chose 3 colours – 2 variegated and two balls of each of two solid colours and cast on the length of my machine (200 – odd stitches) and just knitted until I ran out of each ball. I cast-off and had some pink left so I picked up stitches along the border on a 6.5mm pair of Denise circulars with a really long, extended cable. I increased at the corners – which are a bit too wavy – and hand-knitted about 6 rows.

Overall, the Giggles yarn is very stretchy so if I did it again, I wouldn’t do the border. The border is too short for the sides, so the blanket bunches up in the middle. On the plus side, the yarn produces a really nice double-sided fabric which is very soft and cuddly for a baby. And if you have a bulky knitting machine, this yarn goes through it like a dream – I was actually quite surprised at how well it turned out.

Project Rating: ***

A good one for beginners – only knit stitch is required. Could easily be made with 6 balls of Giggles.

Machine-Knit Asymmetrical Shawl – FREE Pattern!

Here is a lovely Noro Kureyon Machine-Knit Shawl which I just whipped up last week!

I used 6 balls of Noro Kureyon, colour #95, plus one ball of the same for the crocheted picot edge. It was knitted on my Empisal Chunky (9mm) machine on Tension 10 – the loosest tension, main bed only (no ribber required).

You could knit this on regular 8mm straight needles as a hand-knit pattern – simply knit in stocking-stitch (knit one row, purl one row) or knit everything on cirulars without the need to turn (too easy!) Basically the shawl is a giant pencil-shape – you start at the tip and increase.

So, without further ado, here is the pattern:

MATERIALS:

7 x 50g balls of Noro Kureyon – a pure wool, long-colour-change, self-striping yarn from Japan
1 x Bulky Knitting Machine – 9mm gauge
1 x sewing/darning needle for weaving in ends
1 x 5mm crochet hook for the picot edge.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

Cast on 3 stitches using the e-wrap method.
* Knit three rows, Increase one stitch at each end

Repeat from *, increasing one stitch at each end, every fourth row, until you have 96 stitches (48 stitches each side of 0)
Knit straight, without increasing until you have used up all 6 balls (there is one ball left for the crochet picot edge).
Bind off and weave in ends.

CROCHET EDGE:

With right side of work facing, attach yarn at one edge of the widest part of the shawl. You will be crocheting down one long side of the pencil, down to the tip and then back up the other side. The wide bottom of the pencil doesn’t have any edging.

Instructions:

* Chain 2, slip stitch into next stitch along, CH 3, slip stitch into next stitch along, CH 2, slip stitch into next stitch along, Slip stitch into each of the next three stitches.
Repeat from * until you get to the point of the pencil and then continue up the other side.

FINISHING:

Machine-wash in wool-wash and cool water (not too hot or it will felt!) and then block with T-Pins on a bed or floor (be sure to lay down a towel first!).
the Kureyon softens up considerably after washing so it doesn’t feel scratchy at all.

Secure with a shawl pin at the shoulder.
Fits ladies Size 10-14 – feel free to make it longer or wider to fit you – as long as you follow the pencil shape and increasing rule, you can’t go wrong.

Bulky Machine-Knit String Bag – FREE PATTERN

I was given a pattern for a machine-knit string bag, to which I have made some changes. The original free pattern is here. Below is my version with the changes I made as I knitted it.
Pictures first though…

Machine-Knit String Bag in worsted-weight Bernat Handicrafter Cotton – 340g big ball

Materials
1 x 340g ball of Bernat Handicrafter wrosted-weight cotton (I used the ‘Twilight’ colourway which has since been discontinued. Bernat Handicrafter is made by the same company as Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and is essentially identical to it except for the label.). – one ball is enough to make two large string bags.
sewing-up needle, scissors

This bag was knitted on my Empisal Chunky 610 – main bed only (see my machine-knitting category in this blog for pictures of the knitting machine I used). I have adapted the instructions so that they are suitable for an absolute beginner machine-knitter.

Tension: 4 for the mock ribbed hem, 5 for the body of the bag

Pattern

E-wrap cast-on, on EON (every other needle), L34 (left-side of ‘0’ – 34 stitches), R35 (right side of ‘0’ – 35 stitches).
Knit 10 rows at T4 (tension 4), hang hem by bringing bottom row of stitches up to needles and hanging so each needle has two stitches.
Kint 1 row at +3 tension – in my case, I tightened my tension 3 points – down to 3 on the dial.
Put out-of-work needles into work by bringing forward to B position so they will knit on the next row. Bring tension back up to 5. Knit 100 rows on all needles.
Drop every other needle as before – change tension to 4. Re-hang cast-on comb to mark row.
Knit 10 rows on EON at T4.
Hang hem by bringing each stitch on last row of body of bag up to the needle so that there are two stitches on each needle.
Knit one row at T3.
BIND OFF VERY LOOSELY! (I made the mistake of binding off too tightly on my first bag which puckers the hem and it doesn’t look nice!)

Now for the sides….

The sides of the bag have a garter stitch (knit every row) edge. To achieve this, simply…

Hang every other needle along the SIDE of the bag with the right side of the knitting facing you. This is important – the original pattern doesn’t say, but I realised after doing the first bag that the garter stitch side or ‘wrong’ side of the the edging looks better facing outwards on the finished bag. Normally you knit on a machine with the wrong side of the knitting facing you. By hanging the edge with the right side of the knitting facing you, the edging looks a lot better!

Knit 3 rows (the original pattern says 2, but I think 3 is a lot nicer).
Bind off normally – doesn’t matter here if it’s a little bit tight.
Repeat for the other side of the bag.

I-Cord for the handles.

The handles are made with I-cord knitted on the machine. Your instruction book will tell you how to do this.
I made cords which were 450 rows long at 4 stitches wide.

Finishing

Weave in all ends and using a safety pin, thread the I-cord through the folded hems and VOILA! One lovely and quick string bag!

(My aunts are each getting one of these for Christmas and at a cost of $7.50 for materials – such a lovely but inexpensive gift!)